Canada is experimenting with a prescription drug the US wouldn't dare touch
Heroin. In a move that's sparked debate across the Canadian health industry, 202 addicts are poised to receive the nation's first-ever shipment of legal prescription diacetylmorphine—commonly known as heroin.
Straight reports the long-vilified opiate will be available at the Crosstown Clinic in East Vancouver, British Columbia.
There's a catch, of course: Only users who participated in a three-year treatment study launched in 2011, called the Study to Assess Long-term Opioid Maintenance Effectiveness (SALOME), will be eligible to receive it.
“They expect to be in a position to order the medication any day now,” Adrienne Smith, a lawyer with the Pivot Legal Society, told Straight. “And then it takes 55 days to ship, so it's expected to arrive at the end of the year.”
Zak Cheney-Rice reports